Twentynine Palms


Legend has it that miners used to refer to a favored oasis in the Mojave Desert by the ring of palm trees surrounding the watering hole — 29 fabled palm trees to be exact! Today, Twentynine Palms is home to MCAGCC 29 Palms and the two are inextricably linked. The community is mostly home to military families, and those that choose to retire here love this High Desert oasis!

It’s a small community that is primarily residential with very little shopping, but boasts some of the best dining around. It’s pride and joy is the Joshua Tree National Park, whose headquarters and main entrance is located in Twentynine Palms. The town caters to vacationers and has a reputation for being a refuge to those seeking to unplug and reconnect with nature.



Twentynine Palms is predominantly home to military families and retirees. It’s a quaint, small town, so expect to have involved neighbors!

Neighborhood Feel

There are some in-demand, new communities with large homes with gorgeous views. In these master-planned neighborhoods, you’ll find similar floor plans that vary in color. There are also neighborhoods with custom builds and older homes with lots of character.

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Neighborhood Location

Twentynine Palms – Main Gate
Drive Time to Gate
6 minutes
By Transit

Neighborhood Info

MCAGCC 29 Palms - Joshua Tree, CA -

Points of Interest

Luckie Park – park with pools, sports, dance, and a community center

29 Palms Inn

Smith’s Ranch – Old school drive-in theater

49 Palms Oasis Trail

Sky’s the Limit Observatory

Tortoise Rock Casino

Big Plus

Twentynine Palms boasts some of the region’s most delectable foods.

This vacation destination attracts some really random visitors, including celebrities! Keep your autograph book handy.  

There is minimal light pollution so get ready for some epic stargazing. Forget stars —you can see galaxies from out here!

The community is tight-knit and slow paced.

Things to Consider

Twentynine Palms is very spread out and you may not have close neighbors.  

Coming from a big city to this rural community may be a culture shock.

Shopping is very limited and you’re pretty far from most of the name brand stores in Yucca Valley and Palm Springs. You’ll most likely be going on base for most of your shopping.  

Understand the cooling systems in homes. You have a choice of either refrigerated air, swamp coolers, or a hybrid of both. You can go with cost conscious swamp coolers and potentially sweat out a couple of the hotter months to save your wallet, or opt for air conditioning and improve your chances of resale. A lot of buyers look for homes with both systems, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of buying a home! People often move on base after getting their first electric bill, so do your research before you get here.

The hospital and clinics at 29 Palms are small and most specialty referrals are seen “down the hill” in Palm Springs or at Loma Linda University (which although closer than 29 Palms, is still over an hour-long drive).  

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How’s the Market?

The median home value for single family homes in Twentynine Palms is $101,000 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 6.3% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Twentynine Palms is $810.

School Scoop

Twentynine Palms contains seven schools. One of the best schools is Condor Elementary School, with a rating of 8 according to The public schools in Twentynine Palms are in Morongo Unified School District.

Transitional kindergarten is available at Twentynine Palms Elementary and Joshua Tree Elementary for students who turn five years old on or between September 2 and December 2. Make sure you get your application in early and remember that the parents are required to provide all transportation for transitional kindergarteners.

A new law, signed into practice on January 1, 2016, mandates that all students in the state of California are to be fully vaccinated in order to attend a public or private school and/or child care, unless they have a documented medical exemption. That means no more personal belief exemptions (PBEs). Students attending home-based schools or independent study are not required to submit immunization forms.

The local schools have fantastic resources for homeschooling, which is a popular choice for students ranging from kindergarten all the way through high school seniors.

Highlighted Areas

Desert Knoll

Desert Heights

Sherman Heights

Campbell Hill

Four Corners

Harmony Acres

Indian Cove

Smoke Tree Villas

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